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Future of unions hangs in the balance with Missouri 'right to work' vote

By Guardian (US)

The voters’ decision will come months after the supreme court dealt a major blow to unions nationwide with Janus ruling Sandy Hinson works as a janitor in Kansas City, Missouri. A single mother toRead full story

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  • There is a lot of fault to find with organized labor, but capitalism requires opposing forces with real power—e.g., labor, management, owners, financiers, regulators—and unions are part of that equation. Must we ensure that they are fair to all members while guarding against corruption and abuses? Yes

    There is a lot of fault to find with organized labor, but capitalism requires opposing forces with real power—e.g., labor, management, owners, financiers, regulators—and unions are part of that equation. Must we ensure that they are fair to all members while guarding against corruption and abuses? Yes, certainly. Can we allow business to demonize them and idealogues to strip them of power? Absolutely not. One reason American wages have not risen appreciably in recent decades while corporate profits are at all time highs is because unions have been steadily weakened. This is no coincidence, and it is dangerous. As an affirmed free marketeer who wants capitalism to thrive, I truly hope this trend is reversed.

  • Maybe there would be less people opting to not join the union and then not pay the dues if the union didn’t support political parties that were in opposition to the individual’s choice.

  • I am from Missouri and I have friends on both sides of this and can understand each of them. Just like the rest of the rapidly changing world unions need to evolve to provide more value in current times.

  • I have worked in both right to work & closed shop states. I got better representation & service from my union in my right to work state because it represented what the members wanted compared to what the union thought we needed. key issues were not always money based & the good of the whole was frequently

    I have worked in both right to work & closed shop states. I got better representation & service from my union in my right to work state because it represented what the members wanted compared to what the union thought we needed. key issues were not always money based & the good of the whole was frequently part of the discussions. but, even more importantly, management was not automatically the enemy but often a partner in improvement.

    however, the change to the primary rather than the general ballot sounds unfair & suspicious.

  • Having grown up in a Union household I understand their significant and impact. Their influence on worker safety and overtime rules are just a few examples of the necessity for unions in the earlier part of the previous century. Government regulation had caught up and filled those needs and gaps. There

    Having grown up in a Union household I understand their significant and impact. Their influence on worker safety and overtime rules are just a few examples of the necessity for unions in the earlier part of the previous century. Government regulation had caught up and filled those needs and gaps. There are negative elements to unions and none were discussed in this article. I’m more concerned with the individuals in the margins. Who rely on government assistance because they are unable to attain work. Unions should take up the elements that lead to employment as their banner cry in order to remain relevant. (Education, job training, etc.). Instead they focus on lost dues revenue. If unions want to exist and have an impact into this next century they need to clean up their image, partner with business (not take an adversarial approach), and become completely diverse.

  • Unions have had their day. Now, they don't protect anyone. They just suck.

  • I also grew up in a home where my dad was a Stewart in the union. I have worked in union and non union settings. Unions protect workers rights. They are a vital counter in capitalist economy. The pendulum will swing but goodness RBG; it can’t swing soon enough.

  • This a dangerous precedence where cooperate cronyism prevails over collective bargaining. Welcome to the cooperate state of America .

  • The unions were once valuable but like the steamship their time is gone. They have destroyed the Railroad for passengers, the school system, Sea shipping. There are others that I can’t think of. How many industries have they helped?

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